Our ESG and Corporate Responsibility Program

Our purpose is to enable people and organizations to exceed their potential

Read our 2022 ESG Report

In our role as a leading organizational consultancy, Korn Ferry continues to pursue our purpose of helping people and organizations exceed their potential. This page highlights Korn Ferry’s many ESG initiatives, activities, and accomplishments. We make various claims on this website and/or in the documents provided thereon that relate to our environmental initiatives and greenhouse gas emissions. Such claims can be identified by references to emission and carbon reductions or initiatives and similar environmental goals. Information in support of these statements is available in our most recent ESG reporting.

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Korn Ferry's impact

Our ESG activities focus on four areas — client impact and thought leadership, environmental sustainability, people and community, and business practices. We embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into these activities and our culture.

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“The last few years have presented numerous challenges, from health and safety to business continuity to talent recruitment, that reinforce the importance of a diverse and creative bench of directors like ours. Over the past decade, I have had the pleasure of helping to address these challenges as a director. Now, as Chair, I look forward to leading this diverse and experienced Board through the evolving challenges Korn Ferry and our stakeholders face.”

Jerry Leamon, Chair of the Board of Directors

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Our client impact and thought leadership

We aim to drive impact for external stakeholders through our offerings and thought leadership, including how we help organizations realize their ambitions by taking a people-focused approach to ESG, sustainability, and DE&I.

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Our environmental sustainability focus

Korn Ferry is committed to environmental sustainability. We seek to maximize value for clients and investors while contributing to a more sustainable future.

Our environmental sustainability commitment focuses on three areas:

  1. Enhancing the measurement and disclosure of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions.
  2. Reducing GHG emissions.
  3. Engaging with our colleagues, clients, suppliers, investors, and other stakeholders to share and collaborate on initiatives and contribute to a culture of environmental sustainability, both internally and externally.
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Our people

We focus on making Korn Ferry a firm that energizes, develops, rewards, and empowers people to pursue their passions and help our business succeed. It is a priority for us to hire, develop, and advance the best talent from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences with equal opportunity across the firm. We strive to foster a supportive, respectful culture of inclusion where everyone feels their input is valuable, can do their best work, and can exceed their potential. Our approach to talent acquisition, development, recognition, engagement, and benefits is designed to support this culture.

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Our commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Inclusion is intentionally the first of our core values. Our colleagues bring together diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences, ethnicities, genders, orientations, and religious beliefs. We value this diversity and believe that it makes us stronger, smarter, more agile, and more innovative. It gives us multiple perspectives on the world and informs the ways we connect with our people, our clients, and the communities we touch.

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Our community

It’s not just about our people — it’s about all people. We are committed to making a difference in our communities and the world. We proudly contribute financially to organizations and causes that we believe will significantly impact the greater good. We believe that donating our time, talent, and resources is equally as important. Our offices and colleagues worldwide take part in community service through a variety of organizations and programs.

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Our Inclusive Supplier Program

At Korn Ferry, we believe in a world of work that works for everyone. Our Inclusive Supplier Program aims to promote and increase the inclusion of underrepresented vendors and contractors within our supply chain and the marketplace as a whole. We believe that engaging with diverse and small suppliers in a purposeful way will allow us to drive more innovation and value for Korn Ferry, our clients, and our communities.

Our business practices

As a global corporation, our commitment to act ethically begins with each of us. This approach is embedded in our core values of Inclusion, Honesty, Knowledge, and Performance, and guides how we work together and with others. We strive to be a leader in corporate governance; report results with accuracy and transparency; conduct ourselves in a legal, ethical, and trustworthy manner; comply with both the letter and spirit of our business policies and the law; and protect the information provided to us.

 

Learn about our business practices

Who we are and our values

At Korn Ferry, our responsibility as a global corporation is central to our vision. Our commitment to acting ethically begins with each of us and is embedded in our core values, which are designed to guide the way we work together and with others. We believe that genuinely connecting with others can only be done by removing the “professional” façade. Being true. Being you. Being honest. Always.

Our policies and statements

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    Our commitment to a respectful, safe, and ethical workplace

    Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

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    Our commitment to achieving the highest standards of corporate citizenship

    Corporate Responsibility Policy

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    Our commitment to human rights

    Human Rights Statement

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    Our commitment to environmental awareness and sustainability

    Environmental Sustainability Policy

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    Our commitment to a respectful, safe, and ethical workplace

    Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Contractors and Vendors

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    Our commitment to preventing slavery or human trafficking

    Modern Slavery Act Policy Statement 2022 (UK)

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    Our commitment to preventing slavery or human trafficking

    Modern Slavery Statement 2022 (Australia)

Historical ESG and SASB Reports

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    2021 ESG Report

    2021 ESG Report

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    2021 SASB Report

    2021 SASB Report

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    2020 Corporate Responsibility Report

    2020 Corporate Responsibility Report

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    2020 SASB Report

    2020 SASB Report

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    2018-2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

    2018-2019 Corporate Responsibility Report